United States withdrew sanctions
In March 2016, when the United States withdrew sanctions imposed on Iran because of its nuclear program, then Finance Minister Jacob Lew delivered a speech in which he shared his thoughts on the lessons learned by the Obama administration.United States withdrew sanctions.
Sanctions, he said, “have become a powerful force in the service of clear and coordinated foreign policy goals.” However, the United States should use them “solely in the event of significant threats to national security”. Excessive application of sanctions, warned the minister, can dull their effectiveness.
He had quite a simple logic
He had quite a simple logic: sanctions give the result, because they interfere with those against whom they are aimed, to conduct business with American citizens and financial institutions. If Washington takes advantage of its power and its power, said Lew, other countries will look for partners outside the US, which will weaken the effect of sanctions.
Today, political leaders not only apply sanctions more and more often. They are also considering increasingly radical and harsh measures, less often and less often paying attention to their shortcomings.
In their most effective form, sanctions are the product of multilateral efforts to resolve clearly identified and dealing with all global security issues. Today they become a reflection of the sharp discontent from isolated America and increasingly serve narrow party internal priorities. This is an irresponsible approach, which can completely negate the effectiveness of such effective tools.
America’s new fascination
America’s new fascination with unilateral sanctions today threatens its long-standing relations with its allies. When the Trump administration withdrew from the Iranian deal, the EU responded by amending the law, which prohibits European companies from observing certain American sanctions.
As a result, the United States not only lost a helpful and helpful partner, but also stuck the wheels in its own program. Today, the US demands from Iran’s leading partners, such as India and China, to implement new sanctions, and themselves are mired in the transatlantic feud, acting on the principle of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
Recent examples are not encouraging. By constantly expanding their demands, the United States gives the impression that they are acting in bad faith, and that instead of trying to obtain a diplomatic solution to the dispute, they simply try to punish the object of sanctions.
The improvement of the US approach to sanctions will ultimately depend on the political leadership and on its ability to better understand the measures taken. But it is highly doubtful that he will have the political will to do so in the near future.